What is a chick car, and why do some cars get a reputation for being chick cars? The definition is a bit fuzzy. Sometimes it's just the look of the car. Other times it's because of the media marketing angle. It could just be down to the percentage of women seen driving a particular model...
What we're pretty sure we can establish when it comes to chick cars is that they serve as transportation first, but with some kind of bling factor. These cars have feminine curves, display a certain level of cuteness, and possess engaging personalities, one might say they remind us of women and female qualities. Those who are scared of catching cooties better sit this one out, because we're about to check out some chick cars that shouldn't be underestimated!
20 Porsche Boxster
The Boxster has been referred to as a girlie Porsche and a poor man's Porsche ever since the first model hit the showrooms. Here's the thing though, due to its mid-ship engine configuration, the Boxster actually handles better than the 911. Get the "S" model with the larger engine and you'll be giggling like a little schoolgirl.
19 VW Golf/Rabbit Cabrio
Volkswagen never made an mk2 Golf Cabrio, so the mk1 lasted until the mk3 took over. Technically, the mk1 was called Rabbit in the States, but it's still the same car. While the little VeeDub convertible certainly looks cute, certain versions packed a punch due to the 1.8-liter engine from the GTi. Combined with sporty handling, you might struggle to keep up on a tight and twisty road.
18 Audi TT
The first-gen Audi TT was a huge hit with the women. However, it was available with a couple of serious powerplants - a 240 horsepower version of the 1.8-liter turbo and a 250 horsepower 3.2-liter. Combined with relatively low weight and Audi's Quattro 4wd system, the German coupe would leave much more macho cars in the dust.
17 BMW Z3
If you're looking for a sporty convertible that can compete with the Miata to be crowned 'The Girliest Car', then you should definitely check out the BMW Z3. If you're lined up next to a Z3 at the lights, make sure it's not the Z3M version - these things use the same engine as the E36 M3, and the race will be over before you even get off the line.
16 Mazda MX5 Miata
Just to get it done and over with, we might as well start with the most obvious car. If you ask someone what's the girliest car they can think of, nine times out of ten they'll answer the Miata. Clearly, girls just wanna have fun, because you'll struggle to find a car that's more rewarding to drive.
15 BMW Z4
The Z4 was the Z3's successor. BMW tried to make its little roadster a bit manlier and was moderately successful at it. There's still a whiff of hairdresser car lingering in the air though. Once again there's an M-version, this time powered by the even more powerful straight-six engine found in the E46 M3.
14 Fiat 500
Aaaww, look at the cute little Fiat. It's like an innocent little chihuahua puppy... Unless it happens to be the Abarth version, then it's more like a rabid midget pit bull. Abarth somehow managed to squeeze out 162 horsepower from the little 1.4-liter engine - enough to propel the shoebox-sized car from 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds.
13 Mini Cooper
While the original Mini was a legend both on the road and the racetrack, the new, not-so-small Mini has always struggled to shake off its reputation of being a girl's car. The Cooper S and John Cooper Works models offer plenty of power for some hooligan behavior on the backroads.
12 Mercedes SLK
Now in its third generation, the latest SLKs are available with V8 engines. Let's focus on the softer, more feminine first-gen cars. Designed under Bruno Sacco, the SLK was a modern incarnation of the 1950s Mercedes-Benz 190SL, returning to four cylinders and with an identical 94-inch wheelbase. What you want is the AMG version, with its supercharged 3.2-liter V6 producing 350 hp - that's one hairy-chested girl's car!
11 Alfa Romeo Giulietta
Another cutesy Italian hatchback, and just like the aforementioned Fiat, there are versions of this car that punches way above its weight class. The Quadrifoglio Verde has a 1.7-liter turbo inline-four engine with 240 wild, stampeding horses - that's enough power to bring the Giulietta flagship model from standstill to 62 mph in just 6 seconds, topping out at 149 mph.
10 Range Rover Evoque
The subcompact luxury crossover SUV has a design that looks like it was aimed directly at women. The thing is, when we look at the specs for the Evoque, we realize that the women they aimed it at must be the outdoorsy type. The Evoque has a class-leading off-road performance with 8.5 in. of ground clearance, 25° approach and 33° departure angles, and a 19.7 in. wading depth.
9 Ford Fiesta
We already know what you're thinking. "Now they're gonna talk about the Fiesta ST. Everyone knows it's quick." Wrong! We'll stick to the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine with its whopping 140 horses - talk about cheap thrills - that's more than enough to have some fun on the right type of road. Not satisfied? It can be tuned to 200+ horsepower. Fit stickier tires and watch more powerful cars disappear in the rear-view mirror.
8 BMW 1 And 2 Series
Apparently, someone had a meeting and decided the guys get all the bigger BMWs, including the sporty M3, M4, M5, M6, and so on, and the women can keep the 1 and 2-series. We don't think that's fair - the 1M and M2 remind us of the old-school E30 M3 and 2002 Turbo and we want in on the fun!
7 Mitsubishi Eclipse
It doesn't really matter which generation Eclipse we're talking about, it could be the cool one Brian drives in the first F&F movie or the ugly one Roman drives in 2 Fast... or any of the other generations. They're all chick cars, but we really do like the one from the first movie though - especially if it's the turbo version.
6 Honda Del Sol
The Del Sol might look more than a little feminine. The car did have some cool features though, like the electronic Targa top that removed itself with the touch of a button and the retractable rear window. Oh, we almost forgot, it was available with the B16 engine, and ‘Best Motoring’ reviewer Keiichi Tsuchiya declared it to be the most important Japanese sports car for a decade.
5 Dodge Neon
The Dodge Neon might not look like much, but it's worth noting that at the Neon's release, then president of Chrysler Corporation Bob Lutz said, "There's an old saying in Detroit: 'Good, fast, or cheap. Pick any two.' We refuse to accept that." First-generation Neons were competitive in SCCA Solo autocross and showroom-stock road racing, and for the second-gen, there was an SRT-4 version.
4 Ferrari California
So what kind of madman would call a Ferrari a girlie car? Well, probably someone who has a faster and more expensive Ferrari. The modern California was originally introduced as an entry-level model. However, it included many new design innovations and is considered a landmark car for Ferrari in that it represents a number of concepts being used for the first time in their road cars.
3 Honda Fit/Jazz
The Honda supermini has been in production since 2001 and now in its third generation. So what's so special about it? It's nothing more than a cheap grocery-getter, is it? Well, according to Tatsuru Ichishima, president at Spoon - the legendary Honda tuning shop - the little Honda has "unlimited potential and will also become the ultimate poor man's racer."
2 Toyota FJ Cruiser
It would be so easy to mistake the FJ Cruiser for just another retro-styled car, but there's more to it than that. Inspired by iconic FJ40 LandCruisers of the 1960s and 70s, the FJ Cruiser captures the nostalgic spirit in a capable, thoroughly modern vehicle that should appeal to those looking for individuality and serious off-road ability.
1 Mercedes-Benz A-Class
The A-class was first introduced in 1997 as a subcompact hatchback. Now in its fourth generation, it can be had as either a hatchback or a sedan. The first generation became infamous after flipping over during the elk test. The first two generations are pretty boring anyway, so let's skip ahead to the third-gen - more specifically the A45 AMG, a powerhouse packing an astonishing 380 galloping horses.
Sources: Top Speed, Jalopnik, Lotus Talk